Who is this course for?
Please do not enrol online, contact 01395 223851 to arrange to come to the The Kennaway Centre and meet with the tutor.
Complete a friendly skills check with a tutor before enrolling and a chat with a member of the maths team before enrolling. This course is for adults who have not already achieved a GCSE in mathematics A*-C grade. It can help to enhance career prospects, access to higher or further education, support family with their maths skills or improve your skills for your own personal reasons
You will work in small groups to learn and explore mathematical topics and improve understanding. In the classroom you will focus on working with others and questioning concepts and ideas to better understand the world of mathematics, and hopefully, have some fun!
The course follows the syllabus for the foundation tier of Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (2015). The latest GCSEs have a new grading system from 1 to 9. Your tutor will explain this in more detail.
The new syllabus is split into five distinct areas of study;
• Number – about 25% of the exams;
• Ratio, proportion and rates of change – about 25% of the exams;
• Algebra – about 20% of the exams;
• Statistics and probability – about 15% of the exams;
• Geometry and measures – about 15% of the exams.
Support and feedback
You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning. You will use an individual learning plan to record your targets, progress and achievements.
The tutor will provide support and feedback.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need basic equipment, black pen, pencil & 30cm ruler, protractor and compasses.
The text book we recommend that you use is GCSE Maths Edexcel Foundation (9780008113827) – speak to your tutor and we can order at a reduced price.
Additionally you will need a GCSE approved calculator (Casio FX 85 is popular).
There will be a text book that you need to purchase and we can get this at a reduced cost for you.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Weekly homework will be used to practice
mathematical techniques, check understanding
of topics covered and provide feedback on progress.
It is essential that this is completed.
This can be used to predict end grades.
About the tutor
Sam Gibb currently works as a Maths Area Tutor for Learn Devon. He has been teaching in further and adult education for the past 20 years, having previously worked for Petroc, Warwickshire College and Coventry City Council.
Sam has an Honours Degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, and was awarded QTLS status in 2012 by the Institute for Learning. He specialises in teaching basic maths to adults, particularly those who find it hard to access mainstream education.
In his spare time Sam has a keen interest in music, and his claim to fame is having a record played on Radio 1 by the late, great John Peel!
“Adult education gave my father a second chance in life, and I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to gain confidence and fulfil their potential through learning”.
Sam Gibb, Area Tutor, Learn Devon